March 6, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Popular NYC gay bar to close
Mova,gay news,gay politics DC

(Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

NEW YORK—One of New York’s oldest continuously operating gay bars is slated to close at the end of this month.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York on Monday reported Rawhide on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood will close because its new landlord raised its rent from $15,000 to $27,000 a month. The bar, which opened in 1979, is located in New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s district.

Owner Jason Goudgeon told he hopes to reopen in a new location.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • Someone needs to post the name of the landlord and their other properties so the Gay community can boycott/picket this rapacious landlord. I can't believe an 86 2/3 % rent increase could ever be defensible. Seems the landlord is engaging in outright hatred against the bar.

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